Sunday, February 26, 2012

Glenwood Horse Trail


Between my aching back (which thank goodness is all better now) and "one thing after another," we haven't had the time or desire to do much riding since early January.  

But with a little nudging from a friend (thanks, Barb!) we finally hooked up the trailer and left the boarding stable.  Cloud literally jumped into the trailer she was so anxious to go out and see some new sights!

The Glenwood Horse Trail is a 65 mile long multi-use trail in the Jefferson National Forest.  An easy 40 minute drive from the stables, the trail is mostly located on the western slope of the Blue Ridge and often runs near both the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Gus..... isn't he a handsome stocky fellow?
Rain and winds the night before had cleared out and left the morning air crisp and smelling wonderful.  I'm not missing the humidity and chemical plant odors of East Baton Rouge Parish!

We had a pleasant 8 mile round trip "out and back" ride, following the Glenwood Trail south and turning around when we reached Belfast Creek.  Under blue skies and with the temperature eventually up in the 70's;  I started out the day with a light jacket which I took off before the end of the ride.

It was another relaxing ride on Cloud who gets better with each outing.  Sarge wanted to set speed records going home and so got a little "jiggy" for Joe on the return trip which is one of the drawbacks of not riding a loop trail.  The rest of our group was Barb on Gus, Wendy on Dante, and Lisa on Tie.   Poor Joe.... the token man once again!

I expected more rocks and elevation changes but that four mile section was mostly flat, wide trail with good footing which will be perfect for moving out on when we get the horses in a little better shape.

I'm planning to work on an effort to catalog the horse trails in this section of the state, so we'll be exploring this section of the NF a lot more in the spring.
Wendy on Dante
It was still warm enough to shampoo and hose down the horses when we returned to the barn.  Then it was home to take showers ourselves so that we were fit to go into Lexington for our weekly bridge lesson.  At least you can't say that we're one dimensional!

9 comments:

  1. sounds like a great time. the other horses are beautiful, too!

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  2. What a wonderful way to spend a day, minus the jiggy horse antics... I'm getting too old for that :-) You have such a great trail source in your neck of the woods, I'm envious.

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  3. I can tell you're loving Virginia and finding a lot of trails for riding and hiking. What a handsome guy Gus is. Looked like a beautiful day for an outing. I know you all must have had a great time together.

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  4. Beautiful animals and it sounds like y'all had a great day.

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  5. Wow, how wonderful! And adventurous, too. I am glad you're loving your new life.

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  6. Enjoyed the ride much more since I didn't need to take it. Thanks for sharing the photos and narrative cause they made me feel like being there.

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  7. looks like everyone had a wonderful time; so glad you enjoyed yourselves and had time for bridge.

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  8. Oh, envy, envy, envy...sigh.
    Thanks for letting me ride along. How I wish I could have been there.

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    1. You're welcome! I tried to email you back, but got the dreaded "No-reply" again! It's a beautiful area up there and I can't wait to go back!

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